ICYMI, acronyms are the latest (and sometimes greatest?) thing in the English language. While they’ve obviously been around forever, thanks to the Internet and the popularity of texting, they’ve made their way into every form of communication. Next time your friend texts you saying your text was TL;DR, don’t be confused AF—read this.
AF: As f*ck. Recently, this has become a reasonable form of measurement, and usually means “to the max.”
BAE: Before anyone else. A term of endearment used to describe anyone close to you, but usually a romantic partner.
BTW: By the way. Used the same way as it’s used in its entirety, as a way to insert a side note or comment.
DINK: Dual income, no kids. This is usually used to subtly say that your friends have a lot of disposable income and not a lot of responsibility.
FOMO: Fear of missing out. Everyone’s had it, but some suffer more than others. “All my friends are going to OVO Fest but I had to work late. Major FOMO.”
FTW: For the win. When you really, really like something: “French fries FTW.”
GOAT: Greatest of all time. Yeah, we’d say Wayne Gretzky was probably the GOAT.
ICYMI: In case you missed it. Usually used to acknowledge that you know this is old news, but you’re informing everyone in case they’ve been living under a rock.
IDK: I don’t know. We don’t either.
IMHO: In my humble opinion. Usually used when you share your opinion without being asked for it.
N2K: Need to know–which really, you need to know.
NSFW: Not safe for work. Always keep your eyes peeled for this one. You don’t want to be caught opening a NSFW email in front of anyone you work with.
OG: Original gangster. Often used to describe something that’s been around for a long time, but is still important.
OH: Overheard. Often used on social media. “OH in gym class: I’m only doing this so I can eat a Big Mac after.”
SINK: Single income, no kids. Not as great as a DINK, but it certainly has its perks.
SMH: Shaking my head. Don’t agree with something? Use this. “Did you see what Trump said last night? SMH.”
TBH: To be honest. What else would you be? But yes, sometimes you need a disclaimer.
TFW: That feeling when. Like many acronyms, TFW got its start on social media, as users started sharing moments others could relate to: “TFW you take your first sip of coffee on a Monday morning.”
TL;DR: Too long; didn’t read. Like most news, which is why you subscribed to The Bullet.
V: Very. Because you know, writing three extra letters would take a little too long.
YOLO: You only live once. Speaking of Drake, he coined this term and everyone latched on. Want an extra scoop of ice cream? YOLO.
YoPro: Young professional. If they’re under 30 and wear a suit to work, it’s safe to say they’re a YoPro.